Gothic Council: I See A Symphony And I Want To Paint it Black

VNV Nation is coming, and even though we'll have to endure endless bitching about how VNV Nation isn't goth every single goth we know will be there. Ronan Harris and Mark Jackson put on fantastic shows, release brilliant albums, and just all-around enlighten and amaze audiences wherever they go.

Knowing our love of their beeps and boops, a newly healed Chris Gray called us into his office and threatened our mom if we didn't interview them. [Something like that - ed.] You'll see that in print a little later, but in the course of our research we found that VNV will be doing a special gig in Germany later this year called Gothic meets Klassik, where they will be backed by a full symphony. That is definitely going to be something to see.

It got us wondering: Which other goth acts could use the symphony treatment?


By licking a picture of Melora Creager, we summoned the Gothic Council to ask. Joining us this week is Alethea Carr, organizer of the Age of Decay festival; blogger at Night's Plutonian Shore, Sarah Fanning; DJs Martin Oldgoth and Regen Robinson; fashion designer Batty; Toby Rider of Ending the Vicious Cycle; living historian Morrighanne Burns; artist Darla Teagarden, and author of the Encyclopedia Gothica, Liisa Ladouceur.

Alethea Carr: Sisters of Mercy already did it, and no one beats the Sisters for overblown, fantastically pretentious hokeyness. I don't know why anyone else would even bother.

Sarah Fanning: Dead Can Dance! And perhaps the Cure. I played the violin for years (I was even in a competitive orchestra), so I love the idea of including symphonic backup to bands. But the band's music has to lend itself to including an orchestra. VNV, Dead Can Dance, The Cure, Delerium... they all already have layers of sound that work in that type of arrangement.

Martin Oldgoth: Siouxsie also did it. I can't take this one seriously I'm afraid, you uttered the one phrase that makes me think of nothing but insults. The two words that make me more angry than anything I can think of. Not only that you used them in the same sentence as the word 'gothic'... VNV Nation. Have you no shame?

Regen Robinson: I agree I don't really put VNV Nation in the "gothic" category. Although I do think with this particular electronic group a full orchestra will probably work really well!

Gothtopia: See what we mean?

Batty: "Last Beat of my Heart" by Siouxsie and the Banshees already was a gorgeous orchestra-backed sound. It's my favorite example. J-rock bands from Japan also do that all the time. I love it. I'd love to see some of the songs by Toby's band Ending the Vicious Cycle churn out some classically backed stuff, since he plays the violin really well. I think it would be awesome!

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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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